“A nice mix of wooded and open rolling trail. Technical stunts on a few areas with optional bypasses.”
— Anne Grofvert
Dogs must be on a 6' or less leash at all times and are only allowed in park area to the north and at McNamara Canoe Landing to the south up to the cutoff point. Signs are posted at this point, and dogs are allowed in the pond at this area only.
Seasonally trails are closed during XC ski season.
Check the MMMBA Facebook page for open/closed status.
The Mountain Bike (MTB) Trail is a great mountain bike specific loop offering nearly 10 miles of excellent riding. The trail has features suitable to those with advanced skills, but multiple bail-out points make this a good place for intermediate riders to challenge their skills.
The main park entrance is on Grovenburg Road, and full facilities are available at that entrance. This trail is a bit harder to find from there. Riverbend Natural Area (trailhead) entrance is off Nichols Road and there is a kiosk and clear trail markings at this entrance. There is also an outhouse there, but not potable water. The McNamara entrance off of Columbia Road features the same primitive amenities.
The MTB Trail is a series of named segments linked together, and directional signage information can be found on inconspicuous small brown wood squares with green arrows on them. Try to follow the main trail, as the directions matter on some features!
In general, this is a nice fun trail system aimed at making use out of limited terrain within the overall area. Optional elevated stunts will be found within the loop, with the majority of them not too far from the Riverbend parking lot. There are bypass options for all of these.
A numbered signage system is in the works which will help riders find their way around better. Hopefully, the first phase of this will be in place prior to the end of the 2016 riding season.
During summer months the MMMBA chapter hosts weekly group rides. The ones at Burchfield can be a great way to learn the trail plus meet other riders.
Two other trails are nearby, Bennett Park in Charlotte and Anderson Park on Old Lansing Road (currently named Blue Loop Green Loop
and Red Loop
and can be located that way here on MTBProject).